The waves of celebrities photos have not yet stopped completely, and a new privacy threat has emerged exposing tens of thousands of private photographs and videos of innocent users are circulating over the Internet.
The personal image that are believed to be sent through Snapchat — the ephemeral messaging service that allows users to send pictures that should disappear after a few seconds — has been floating on the image based 4chan's notorious /b/ board since last night. The incident was result of a security breach in an unofficial third-party app for Snapchat.
Earlier this week, an anonymous 4chan user claimed to have obtained images on Snapchat and then the user warned of releasing thousands of videos and images sent using Snapchat soon in an event dubbed 'The Snappening'.
Previously, It was believed that the official SnapChat mobile app or its servers had been hacked by the hackers, and the third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every photo and video file sent through the messaging service for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB private Snapchat files.
But Snapchat has denied that its service was ever compromised. Earlier today, Snapchat issued a statement about the "Snappening" and blamed its consumers for using unofficial and unauthorized third-party apps.
The most worrying part for the users is that Snapchat was right. The personal data is supposed to be obtained from a website called SnapSaved.com — an external app used by a number of Snapchatters in order to save Snapchat photos without the sender knowing — which has been inactive for the past few months and is apparently independent of the official Snapchat service.
However, Business Insider has pointed to SnapSaved.com, a site which is no longer functional, and the SnapSave app as potential sources of the leak. Meanwhile, an assortment of photos has been traced back to SnapchatLeaked.com — site also posted personal and photos of Snapchat users, indicating that the photos could have been circulating for months.
"The Snappening" is named in reference to the recent celebrity photos leak that was called "The Fappening." The incident comes just weeks after thousands of celebrity images were leaked online through 4chan website, following a hack of Apple's iCloud.
Snapchat was first hacked in December 2013 when 4.6 million Snapchat users were exposed in a database breach. Later, the denial-of-service attack and CAPTCHA Security bypass vulnerabilities were discovered by the researchers at the beginning of this year.